Law firm BLJ saw a record number of recruits join in 2018

BLJ created seven permanent positions alongside the recruitment of three administrative apprentices across its Liverpool, Runcorn and Warrington offices

From left, Tiffany Priam, Kerry Looker, Mike Leeman, Kirsty Llewellyn and Joe Connor of BJL. Picture by Gareth Jones


Merseyside and Cheshire law firm Bell Lamb & Joynson (BLJ) Solicitors has taken on a record number of new employees over the past 12 months.

BLJ created seven permanent positions alongside the recruitment of three administrative apprentices with its newest members holding expertise in areas such as criminal law and conveyancing to name a few. 

The practice now employs a total of 38 members of staff alongside five partners working across a trio of locations in Liverpool, Runcorn and Warrington, having grown the team by 20% in 2018. 

Managing partner Mike Leeman said: “Last year was exceptionally busy in terms of company development with team expansion being one of our strategic priorities. BLJ Solicitors continues to thrive after 198 years in business and these new roles have been designed to equip us for our expanding workload.

“It is important to us to preserve the firm’s heritage and continue to offer an unrivalled service when it comes to expertise and customer care, as we always have done since 1821. 

Annual turnover is up by 20% compared to this time last year following the continued evolution of our specialist departments, such as conveyancing and criminal defence, which have doubled in the last 24 months.

“To support this, we have welcomed two additional criminal solicitors in to the business and have encouraged the professional development of existing staff with one employee completing his training to become a qualified solicitor last year.”

Since September 2018, BLJ Solicitors has recruited criminal solicitors Darren Jones and Jane Hedges, paralegals Kirsty Llewellyn, Joe Connor and Tiffany Priam, senior receptionist Natalie Martin and conveyancing assistant Kerry Looker.

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